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Boston
Travel Guide

Boston shines as Massachusetts’ revolutionary capital, from Harvard to the Freedom Trail. 

One of the oldest cities in the United States, Boston dates back to 1630 and was the site of many key battles during the American Revolution. Today, the city is home to more than 6 million people and is known for its quintessential Irish pubs, fanatical Boston Red sox fans and a relaxed, small-town vibe.

Boston has 21 neighborhoods. These include South Boston, popular with young professionals and families; trendy Jamaica Plain, which was gentrified in the early 2000s; wealthy Beacon Hill; and upscale Back Bay, where the city’s iconic brownstone buildings reign supreme. Nearby Fenway is home to Fenway Park, home of the Red Sox baseball team. The more modern Financial District, dense with skyscrapers, is where you’ll find the New England Aquarium. Make time to stroll through the Boston Common in the downtown area. It is the United States' oldest city park, dating from 1634. Take a ride on an iconic swan boat, paddle in the Frog Pond, or see the final resting places of revolutionary soldiers.

With its European-style street pattern, Boston can be a challenge for the uninitiated to navigate. The grid system typical of many American cities doesn’t exist here, but first-time visitors often enjoy getting lost on its narrow, winding streets. From the Boston Common meander through history along the famous Freedom Trail. This 2.5-mile (4-kilometer) course takes you past more than a dozen sites significant to the American Revolution, including Paul Revere House and the USS Constitution Museum. The trail brings you to Faneuil Hall, a marketplace studded with shops, eateries and galleries. Street performers are ever-present here and add to the rowdy atmosphere.

Boston’s cuisine is eclectic, revealing the influence of the many ethnic groups that moved to the city in the early 1900s. East Boston in particular was a magnet for immigrants from Italy, Guatemala, El Salvador and Brazil. You’ll find plates of rich Italian spaghetti and the popular pupusas, tortillas stuffed with meat and beans.

Despite the city’s twisting streets, Boston is relatively compact and easy to explore on foot. For longer journeys, take a bus or the subway, affectionately nicknamed “The T.” Boston’s public transport system is one of the best in the country.

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Top Hotels in Boston

citizenM Boston North Station
citizenM Boston North Station
4 out of 5
80-120 Causeway Street, Boston, MA
Free cancellationReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is CA $126 per night from Mar 2 to Mar 3

Located in West End, this hotel is within a 5-minute walk of TD Garden and The Freedom Trail. Boston Harbor and Museum of Science are also within 10 minutes. ...

4.6/5Wonderful! (1,417 reviews)

"Very clean, and strict with Covid regulations which made you feel safer. Parking.... had to pay at the garage and you don’t get to come in an out, so plan ahead if you’re traveling. It’s expensive"…"

Reviewed on Feb. 17, 2021

citizenM Boston North Station
Loews Boston Hotel
Loews Boston Hotel
4 out of 5
154 Berkeley Street, Boston, MA
The price is CA $190 per night from Mar 5 to Mar 6

Located in Back Bay, this romantic hotel is within a 5-minute walk of John Hancock Tower and Newbury Street. Copley Square and Copley Place are also within 10 ...

4.6/5Wonderful! (984 reviews)

"El trato del personal fue excelente, siempre muy amables y atentos"…"

Reviewed on Feb. 16, 2021

Loews Boston Hotel
Boston Park Plaza
Boston Park Plaza
4 out of 5
50 Park Plaza at Arlington Street, Boston, MA
The price is CA $159 per night from Mar 7 to Mar 8

Located in Back Bay, this historic hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Newbury Street, Boston Public Garden, and Boston Common. Copley Place and Hynes Convention ...

4.1/5Very Good! (5,060 reviews)

"I didnt like tge fact that restaurant was closed. It was available for take out. The room were very nice. The bed was very comfortable."…"

Reviewed on Feb. 23, 2021

Boston Park Plaza
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Vacation Rentals in Boston

HYATT house Boston/Waltham
HYATT house Boston/Waltham
3 out of 5
54 4th Ave, Waltham, MA
The price is CA $117 per night from Mar 8 to Mar 9

Situated in the business district, this aparthotel is 2.4 mi (3.9 km) from Brandeis University and within 9 mi (15 km) of Burlington Mall and Brighton Music ...

4.3/5Excellent! (1,727 reviews)

"the staff was okay and they dont let u play music or anything and wasnt how picture looked but decemt"…"

Reviewed on Feb. 17, 2021

HYATT house Boston/Waltham
Sonesta ES Suites Burlington Boston
Sonesta ES Suites Burlington Boston
3 out of 5
11 Old Concord Rd, Burlington, MA
The price is CA $113 per night from Mar 5 to Mar 6

Situated in the entertainment district, this aparthotel is 0.7 mi (1.1 km) from Burlington Mall and 1.8 mi (2.9 km) from Lahey Hospital & Medical Center. Encore ...

4.3/5Excellent! (1,820 reviews)

"Room was exactly as described looked exactly like the pictures. I just have 2 complaints .. 1, the window was so drafty we put the heat all the way to 75 and we were still cold!! ( wearing sweatpants and sweatshirts) 2, the garbage disposal smells RANCID. I was trying to cook and I kept getting a ..."…"

Reviewed on Feb. 20, 2021

Sonesta ES Suites Burlington Boston
HYATT house Boston/Burlington
HYATT house Boston/Burlington
3 out of 5
2 Van De Graaff Dr, Burlington, MA
The price is CA $135 per night from Mar 2 to Mar 3

Situated in the suburbs, this aparthotel is 1.7 mi (2.8 km) from Burlington Mall and within 9 mi (15 km) of Tufts University and Woburn Mall. Somerville Theatre ...

4.6/5Exceptional! (1,870 reviews)

"Hotel staff were courteous and helpful. They attended to our requests promptly. Special mention to Dan, Michelle and Cristina."…"

Reviewed on Feb. 13, 2021

HYATT house Boston/Burlington
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

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